"With the coming of the new year, Rend Lake College is resuming its search for a new president," said Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Simpson.
Charley Holstein, Vice President of Student Services, has served as Interim President since July 2008. Former President Mark S. Kern, the longest-serving member of the Illinois community college system, retired at the end of June 2008.
The college's initial search for Kern's successor began in February 2008, but the board suspended the search in September after looking through a pool of more than 80 applicants. The board opted to keep Holstein on as Interim President at that time.
"We're going to keep Charley on. We feel he is doing a good job of keeping us moving forward," said Chairman Bill Simpson. Simpson continues, "Holstein, 44, is a retired Army officer with dual master's degrees in management and human resources from Webster University and a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as well as over twenty years experience leading organizations as large as several hundred employees and multi-million dollar budgets."
In the coming days, advertisements will appear both in print and on the Web announcing the duties and qualifications of the position as well as the application process. The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 26th, 2009.